Sept. 28, 2012
STORRS, Conn. - The University of Connecticut men's soccer team will open a three-game stretch against top-10 teams beginning with a 7 p.m. match against No. 8 Notre Dame on Saturday at Joseph J. Morrone Stadium. UConn brings an 8-0-1 record into Saturday's contest while Notre Dame stands at 8-1-0. Saturday's contest is SOLD OUT.
Fans can listen live at WHUS.org, 91.7 fm. There will also be a live webstream of the match at uconnhuskies.com.
Following Saturday's game, the Huskies will travel to No. 5 Georgetown on Wednesday and No. 10 Marquette on Saturday.
Connecticut will look to improve upon its 31-game home unbeaten streak. That total ranks second in the nation behind UNC (32) and seventh all-time. The UConn record for consecutive home games without a loss is 35 from September 3, 1980-October 24, 1982.
UConn owns a 10-7-4 all-time record against Notre Dame. The last four and five of the last six matches have gone into overtime. Connecticut downed Notre Dame in 2007, 2-0, to earn its most recent BIG EAST Tournament Championship.
Connecticut opened BIG EAST play last weekend with a convincing 3-0 victory over longtime rival St. John's in Storrs. The BIG EAST Conference currently has six teams ranked in the NSCAA top-25, including four in the top-10. The BIG EAST Blue Division is especially difficult in 2012 with UConn (No. 2), Georgetown (No. 5), Notre Dame (No. 8) and Marquette (No. 10). The top five teams in Blue Division have combined for an incredible record of 40-3-4.
Notre Dame and UConn boast three of the top four scorers in the league. Mamadou Doudou Diouf leads the BIG EAST with 15 points and seven goals. Carlos Alvarez and Notre Dame senior forward Ryan Finley rank tied for third with 13 points.
Alvarez currently leads the BIG EAST Conference with five assists. UConn's senior captain also led the BIG EAST in 2009 and 2010 before ranking second in 2011.